Men's Basketball

MW/MVC Challenge Pairings Set

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State will play at Creighton in the 2012 Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge, the leagues announced Monday.

The Broncos and Bluejays will meet in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 28, in the first meeting between the schools.

Boise State won its debut game as part of the series, knocking off Indiana State at Taco Bell Arena, Dec. 3, 2011 (74-65).

The agreement between the MW and MVC is in the final year of a four-year term. In each of the first two years, the Challenge featured head-to-head competition between nine MW and nine MVC teams, while last year’s Challenge consisted of eight games. Nine match-ups will make up the 2012 Challenge, with MW teams hosting four of the contests. Seven of the nine games will take place will take place the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4, while the remaining two contests are scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 19. Bradley will be the MVC team that does not participate in the 2012 Challenge Series.

The MW and MVC split last year’s Challenge (4-4), but the MW holds a 16-10 advantage through the first three years of the series. Last season, the leagues combined for six NCAA Tournament appearances, which included second-round wins by New Mexico and Creighton. Overall, the two conferences earned a collective 13 postseason berths and seven postseason victories in 2011-12.

The MW has ranked among the top nine in the NCAA’s final RPI report in 12 of the last 13 years, including two-straight No. 5 rankings, while the Valley has been among the top nine in seven of the last eight seasons. Teams from the two leagues have squared off 67 times since the inception of the MW in 1999, with MW squads holding a 38-29 edge in those contests.

The MW and MVC combined to place nine teams in the top 100 of the RPI last season, including six in the top 50. Two teams (Creighton-21; New Mexico-23) finished in the 2011-12 final USA Today/ESPN Top-25 Coaches’ Poll, while three more (San Diego State, UNLV and Wichita State) joined the Bluejays and Lobos in the final Associated Press Poll released prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 17San Diego State at Missouri StateTied, 2-2
Nov. 28Fresno State at Southern IllinoisSIU, 1-0
Dec. 1Wichita State at Air ForceWSU, 1-0
Dec. 1Evansville at Colorado StateFirst Meeting
Dec. 1Drake at NevadaDrake, 3-0
Dec. 1New Mexico at Indiana StateFirst Meeting
Dec. 4Wyoming at Illinois StateUW, 1-0
Dec. 19UNI at UNLVUNI, 1-0
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